Morgan Hanson-Olveira

Morgan Hanson-Olveira was six when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. (Schulich Scholars)

One graduating student from R. D. Parker Collegiate in Thompson, Man. has been awarded $70,000 for her community leadership from TD Canada Trust.

Morgan Hanson-Olveira will be attending the University of Manitoba this fall, with the hope of pursuing pediatric endocrinology. 

"It's so exciting, I can't wait. At first I was scared but now I'm just ecstatic to go," Hanson-Olveira said Thursday. 

At age six, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, so she thinks that in a career working with children she would be able to relate to them and understand their fears better than the average person. 

"I might be able to explain a bit better, just because I've lived it. Your experiences are my experiences too," Hanson-Olveira told CBC's Janet Stewart.

Hanson-Olveira was rewarded for her community leadership, demonstrated through her work primarily with H3 (Hands Heart, and Hope), and SOS (Students Offering Support).

"I know that I'm very privileged to live in Canada. I have a safe home, I have shelter, I have food, I have clean water and I know there are those out there that don't have anything," Hanson-Olveira said. 

"For those of us who are able to help, it's our responsibility to make a difference."

Hanson-Olveira was also awarded a Schulich Leader Scholarship, valued at $60,000 but had to choose between the two honours.

It is a huge advantage to be able to focus on her studies and be able to get involved in the school's community without having to worry about finances, Hanson-Olveira said. 

"I'm so thankful, I'm so grateful for it."